Professor Lynne Cameron is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Open University and ESRC Global Uncertainties Research Fellow. Her current project under this programme is ‘Living with Uncertainty: Metaphor and the dynamics of empathy”, which is constructing a new model of empathy in dialogue and interaction, using findings from empirical studies in UK, USA, and Brazil. The model is dynamic and multi-level, connecting emotion-based responses in face-to-face interaction with longer term individual and social processes of understanding the Other, and shifts in perceived relations between Self and Other. The first version of the model was developed through analysis of post-conflict reconciliation conversations between Patrick Magee, the former IRA bomber, and Jo Berry, whose father was killed in the Brighton bombing in 1984. This study is reported in Metaphor and Reconciliation (Cameron, 2011). The most recent version of the model is being written up for publication and can be seen on the project website
Ideas from the project are disseminated on The Empathy Blog
Cameron, L. & I. B. Seu (in press), Landscapes of empathy: Spatial scenarios, metaphors and metonymies in responses to distant suffering. Text & Talk.
Cameron, L. (2011) Metaphor and Reconciliation. Routledge, New York.
Cameron, L. and R. Maslen (2010) Using metaphor analysis to compare expert and public perceptions of the risk of terrorism. In L. Cameron and R. Maslen (eds) Metaphor analysis: Research practice in applied linguistics, social sciences, and the humanities. pp 248-256. London: Equinox.
Cameron, L. Maslen, R., Todd, Z., Maule, J., Stratton, & N. Stanley. (2009) The discourse dynamics approach to metaphor and metaphor-led discourse analysis. Metaphor & Symbol, 24, 1-27.
Maule, J., Stratton, P., Cameron, L., Todd, Z., Maslen, R., Sandberg, T. & N. Stanley. (2007) How Muslims and non-Muslims think about terrorist risk. Islam, Politics and Security in the UK. Chatham House, ISP/NSC Briefing Paper 07/01.
Cameron L. (2007) Patterns of metaphor use in reconciliation talk. Discourse and Society, 18(2), 197-222.
Working papers available
Cameron, L. (2010) Empathy: A Review. Living with Uncertainty, Working Paper 1.
Cameron, L. (2010) Metaphor, Reconciliation and the Dynamics of Empathy. Living with Uncertainty, Working Paper 2.
Cameron, L. (2011) Empathy in talk: A Model and some methodological considerations. Living with Uncertaint, Working Paper 3.
Cameron, L. (2012) Comparing responses to violence and uncertainty in Brazil and the UK: Background to a collaborative project. Living with Uncertainty, Working Paper 4.
Cameron, L. (2012) Dyspathy: The dynamic complement of empathy. Living with Uncertainty, Working Paper 5.